When we got the invite from Yamaha to ride the SCR950, we thought it would be a fun opportunity to have a Pro racer test out one of their machines. We were lucky enough to catch Shelina Moreda (#93) in between races and get her on board for the ride. For those who don’t know Shelina, she is a down to earth farm girl from Northern California, and is also very talented on two wheels. She competes at the National level in the US, and has raced in Quatar, Japan and Europe. She has also completed Suzuka 4 hour endurance races and coaches her own school called “She’z Moto Camps“. Thank you for the opportunity Shelina! -Cafe Racer XXX
The Yamaha SCR950 was so fun to ride! We rode all over the back roads of Julian California, and when we were riding on the twisties, you could feel the bike settle into the corners – it flicked through those corners nicely. I was impressed with the tires in the dirt, and how nimble that big bike felt on the trails.
I was most impressed when we took the bikes off road! I’d never ridden a street bike in the dirt before! We blasted down some wide, dusty trails, and at first I was nervous about riding fast down a dirt trail on a street bike. The SCR950 was a bit big and heavy for my small build, but after a few passes for photos ops, I started trusting the tires and pushing it a bit more. It was a blast!
The highlight for me was taking the bikes on a goat-trail of a road that most other street bikes would have been horrible on. There were lines of loose rocks in the middle of the road, potholes so big that they had cones marking them, and this bike just blasted down the road! I only bottomed out once when I jumped it, but mostly the suspension seemed a bit stiff for my build (I understood that wasn’t the case for the guys).
There were only a couple things I feel could be better about the bike. The seat was very hard; it would be nice to have had it already broken in for the long ride. When I rode the bike with a more broken-in seat, it was much better. The bike is a little heavy for me, and I couldn’t touch the ground too well, so that made it a bit harder to maneuver when parking – but once the bike was in motion, it was incredibly fun.
All in all, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I kept forgetting I had a ¾ helmet on and the guys riding behind me said they could see a huge grin in my mirrors. I guess I could say I really liked the bike! It was just a great day of mobbing down some really unexpected roads on a bike that not only looks cool, but is awesome to ride. I’ll ride in that biker gang on that SCR950 again any day! Thanks toAlpinestars for the soft leather jacket! My roadrace boots got me made fun of a bit, so next time I go to ride it I’ll have to polish my scrambler style a little better. –Shelina Moreda #93
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